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Mount Nemrut

Mount Nemrut
Mount Nemrut (Nemrut Dağı) is one of Turkey’s most spectacular sites and is at the junction of where East and West meet.

History of Nemrut

Places to Visit in Nemrut

Ancient Sites

The mountain is 2,150m high and has a collection of huge statues and the temple and tomb of King Antiochus which were not discovered until 1881 when 10m high stone heads were uncovered and excavations began in 1953; the site is now on the UNESCO World Heritage List and is an important National Park.

The site also includes art from the Commagene civilisation, the Old Castle (Eskikale), New Castle (Yenikale) Karakus Hill and Cendere Bridge and thousands of visitors come at sun up and sun down to see the stones in the best possible light. The road to the summit only opens between mid-April and mid-October and closes at other times due to heavy snow.
Accommodation and other facilities are available in the nearby towns of Malatya, Adiyaman, and Kahta. 

Nemrut’s Climate

The summit of the mountain gets very cold at sunrise and sunset, even in summer, and the higher land is covered with snow for almost 6 months of the year. On the plain the summer daytime temperature is very hot and dry and reaches over 30˚C and in the winter it is cold, wet and temperature drops to below freezing.

Transport to Nemrut

By Road

As the location is remote there are private tour bus operators that run from the towns of Malatya (100km), Adiyaman (80km) and Kahta (43km) which are all well connected to other parts of Turkey. The summit road is very steep and rough and difficult to drive and most visitors take an organised day trip tour or stay overnight to see the ruins at sunset and sunrise.

By Air

The nearest domestic airports to the site are Malatya and Sanliurfa and buses can be arranged from there.

Must do things in Nemrut

• Watch the sun rise and set at Nemrut Mountain
• Dine on fresh trout on the shores of Dam Lake
• Have fun at the Kahta Kommagene Festival
• Purchase souvenirs such as the Nemrut miniatures

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